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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Letters 02-01-2016

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Real Contamination In 1968, Chicago (its Mayor Richard Daley in particular) felt menaced by anti-war protesters (Abbie Hoffman in particular) threatening to put the hallucinogenic LSD into Chicago’s water supply. In reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., we reacted vigorously to a perceived threat of chemical or biological terrorist attacks on our water supply. A religious cult contaminating a city water tank with salmonella in Oregon, sickening about 700, was the only such attack in our country until now. The water supply of Flint, Mich., was attacked and contaminated, not by terrorists or protesters, but by our own government...

Why The Muslim Debate? I was passing through your fine town last week and picked up a couple copies of Northern Express. There I noted a discourse concerning the Muslim situation in Dearborn. It is interesting to note that I see similar conversations in newspapers and blogs throughout the country and, in fact, throughout the world...

Kachadurian Has It All Wrong Thank you for continuing to publish Thomas Kachadurian’s bigoted editorials. If not for this publication, I wouldn’t know that such people lived in my sweet northern Michigan...

Over The Line I felt Sarah Palin crossed the line when she indicated our president did not care about those like her son who came home wounded. No one challenges her on these remarks; to me it is shameful...

Flints’ Man-made Disaster Governor Snyder’s Financial Emergency Manager Law has created a State of Emergency in Flint. In 2011, newly elected Governor Snyder signed Public Act 4, giving him the freedom to take over any city government his office found financially bankrupt, with power to override any decision of elected city officials. This law showed his primary motive — money before people. In November 2012, the People of Michigan voted down his Financial Emergency Manager Law, as they resented losing control of their cities. In December 2012, he showed his contempt for the people’s vote and signed a revised version, one that did not give power back to the people...

Defending the AR15 And Gun Rights I was amazed to read David Downer’s recent letter. He admits he is a gun owner but he expresses his ignorance of what an “assault rifle” really is, and thereby spreads the antigun position that an AR15 is an assault rifle...

 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bad Civics

Features Stephen Tuttle They conduct research from time to time. In August 2015 they attempted to find out what college graduates know about basic civics. They surveyed 1,000 grads. It took them until January to release the results, and no wonder. The results weren’t altogether encouraging.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Have a (Snow) Ball!

Features Kristi Kates Downtown Boyne City is stuffed with winter festivities for their annual Winterfest, which starts inside with Indoor Sidewalk Sales and the Farmers Market, and continues outdoors with everything from a snow sculptures contest to sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Putting The Exchange In Foreign Exchange

Features Patrick Sullivan This school year, Rotary is hosting three foreign students in Traverse City. At the same time, there are students from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School studying through Rotary’s foreign exchange program in Brazil, Germany and Columbia.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Drifter Out To See The World

Local Sees Syrian Refugee Crisis Up-Close

Features Patrick Sullivan Winowiecki, a Kingsley High School graduate, travels and writes about traveling on his blog, headedabroad.com, whenever he can; he’s also a student at Lake Superior State University, where he majors in creative writing and marketing. Last fall, the 21-year-old came face-to-face with desperate Syrian refugees and he found it heartbreaking.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Robot Battle!

Features Patrick Sullivan One might think schools from northern Michigan wouldn’t stand a chance in robot competitions against Detroit-area teams sponsored by General Motors or Delphi that have some of the world’s best engineers on speed dial. One might think that, but one would be wrong.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Five Music Tech Standouts for 2016

Features Kristi Kates You’re running, listening to your motivational tunes, and that cord just keeps getting in the way or you just don’t want to be tethered to anything in the first place.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Back With Arms Wide Open

Music Kristi Kates The alternately feted and maligned ‘90s rock band, the weight of mental illness, the public breakdown, the estranged bandmates, the reality show — singer Scott Stapp’s been through it all, but the confessional nature of his music and the support of his family have revived his career.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

No Falling Skies

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle If there is a problem, it’s that no president has unraveled the nightmare that is the defense procurement system wherein every project takes years longer and billions more to complete than we’re told.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Iran Lurches Forward

Other Opinions Jack Segal The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed January 16 that Iran had completed the steps required to begin to lift nuclear sanctions imposed by the UN.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dates 01-23-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Liz Ahrens of Crooked Tree Arts Center will be the featured speaker at the Connecting Women in Business Luncheon on Tues., Jan. 26 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Liz will talk about her journey from her first art history class at MSU in 1980 to her present position as executive director of Crooked Tree Arts Center.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Letters 01-25-2016

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Are assault rifles weapons of mass destruction? They are designed and manufactured with the primary purpose of efficiently killing people, lots of people. Recent reports of assault rifles being used in the mass killing and maiming of scores of people in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds, would seem to qualify them as “weapons of mass destruction”...

Easy Fix? It seems an easy fix for the dispute on the Petoskey Northmen Indian logo would be to discontinue its use, keep the Northmen name, and develop a new logo and helmet graphic for the football team that would be acceptable to the local tribes...

Levels Of Faith & Understanding Most of the people I know are nominal Christians. They don’t take their faith too seriously; it’s just a small part of who they are. Occasionally, some of them become more devout, and, for whatever reason, they begin to study the Bible and attend church regularly. As they become more sincere, life change happens, they begin volunteering to feed the needy and are more generous to the disadvantaged. Organizations such as Feed the Children or Mercy Medical Ships could not operate without them. Like Christians, most Muslims are nominal too...

Final Word On Native American Mascots I would like to respond to the article regarding the Petoskey High School football team’s mascot depicting a Native American. The only opinion regarding whether using Native Americans as mascots that should matter are the opinions of Native Americans...

 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Hair Trends for 2016

Features Kristi Kates Knotted hair was another trend seen from a plethora of designers during runway season, mostly of the disheveled kind. Make a knotted bun at the back of your head and then undo it slightly, and you’ve got the look. It’s easy, but also semi-polished, as seen at Jason Wu via Allure, Edun, Lela Rose, Rachel Antonoff, and Rag and Bone.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wedding Traditions Morph and Change

Features Ross Boissoneau “We call it a sand ceremony,” said Barb Ellis of the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, a popular destination wedding site. Some use sand from the resort’s own Lake Michigan beach, others opt for colored sand, some for something with personal significance.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Makeup Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2016 is not going to be a subtle fashion year. From bright lip treatments to exaggerated facial features, from cartoon-colored eyes to glitter on just about everything, the calm tones of the past couple years are making way for some loud and fanciful visual statements.
 
 
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